Glynncollen primary school ended the academic year with a flourish! Having prioritised ‘reducing plastics’ in the school they orchestrated their campaign to change the way free milk is provided to the Foundation Phase in their school. Their simple plan was to ask the local authority to consider other ways of supplying the milk. Currently the milk is delivered in 150ml bottles. The young people want this to be changed to 2 litre bottles and for the milk to be dispensed into stainless steel bottles.
They wrote to the politicians in their local ward, local authority and Welsh Assembly. The Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn, AM wrote to the children to congratulate them on their campaign and provided lots of advice on how they could continue their journey towards plastic-free.
The children themselves decided to raise money to buy the stainless steel bottles and will hold a sponsored walk in September to raise the money.
One of the challenges for schools wishing to put Pupil Voice into action is whether or not participation is authentic or merely tokenistic. In this blog we look at how children in Year 6 in Glyncollen Primary School took their highly rated ideas forward to research and action.
We went to see them near the end of term to find out about the journey they had been on. Our purpose was to capture their story to investigate plastic use in their school and to help the young people show how a commitment to participatory democracy had empowered them to be activists in their own communities.
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This week children, staff and parents at Burry Port Primary School made an important step towards improving the democratic culture of the school.
The children already use VocalEyes for Pupil Voice and these priorities now set the agenda for Student Council. Now it was a chance for the pupils to teach what they had learnt using Pupil Voice and show the parents how to log in and participate in Parent Voice.
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On Tuesday the 19th of June we had a successful day at Burry Port Primary school launching VocalEyes with staff and pupils. The day started with assembly when the whole school got a chance to see the platform in action. Following this the School Council met to learn how to use the platform.
The School Council has representatives from Years 2-6, (aged 6-11) and they began by learning how to register on VocalEyes. This took a little time but as soon as everyone was signed in the fun began!
National Democracy week starts on Monday 2nd July, 2018, the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act which gave women the same voting rights as men. It is also the 20th anniversary of devolution in Wales. Devolution has not however, rejuvenated democracy in Wales. ‘Missing Voices’, from the Electoral Reform Society Cymru (2017) report that people are frustrated with the political system, know very little about the responsibilities of the Welsh Government and generally feel disengaged from politics.
This is even more serious amongst the under-25s where fewer that half voted compared to over 75% of those over 65 (ERSC, 2014). We think attention to participatory democracy in schools could put us on a different track and bring democracy alive in Wales.
As a precautionary measure, we have placed red boxes of sanitary products behind each reception area (Gorseinon, Tycoch, LYB, Jubille Court), for each learner who requires them, there is enough supplies for 3 month (3 boxes), for each learner. Just ask for the Red box.
As a precautionary measure, we have placed red boxes of sanitary products behind each reception area (Gorseinon, Tycoch, LYB, Jubille Court ) , for each learner who requires them, there is enough supplies for 3 month (3 boxes), for each learner. All you need to do is ask for the Red box.
Remember cough in your elbow. high five with your elbows. Wash your hands regularly.
Gower College now has a dedicated page to keep you updated with the Coronavirus situation and the actions the College is taking regarding the outbreak.
At this time we ask you all to remain calm, practise good hand hygiene ( there are a number of videos on how to CORRECTLY to this) and focus on your studies.
For further information follow the link below